ARRINGTON, Archibald Hunter (1809-1872)

ARRINGTON, ARCHIBALD HUNTER, (uncle of Archibald Hunter Arrington Williams), a Representative from North Carolina; born near Nashville, Nash County, N.C., November 13, 1809; attended the local academy at Hilliardston and Louisburg (N.C.) College; studied law; was a large landowner, extensively engaged in planting; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1845); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; was a supporter of the Confederacy and a member of the secession convention in 1861; member of the First Confederate Congress in 1861; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1863 to the Second Confederate Congress; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; chairman of the court of common pleas and quarter sessions for Nash County in 1866 and 1867; county commissioner in 1868; engaged in the management of his estate; died at his country home near Nashville, Nash County, N.C., July 20, 1872; interment in the family graveyard on his plantation.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1744-1909, 3 linear feet.
Chiefly papers relating to Archibald Arrington's agricultural and business pursuits in Nash County, N.C., and Montgomery County, Ala. They include many receipts for cotton sales; accounts with merchants; slave and freedmen documents, including records of provisions provided to slaves and freedmen, slave bills of sale and hiring agreements, lists of ages and birthdates of slaves, and sharecropping contracts; land records; wills and estate inventories; and items relating to the purchase and sale of other goods and services. There are also business letters relating to the running of the family's plantations and personal letters that discuss family matters. Items relating to Archibald Arrington's political activity include a few published speeches and some notes on laws regulating the oversight of slaves; a series of letters, 1857-1858, to Archibald Arrington from D.K. McRae (1820-1888) on the latter's gubernatorial campaign and other matters; letters to Archibald Arrington reporting on voting and political alignment in Confederate regiments; a number of form letters to Archibald Arrington, in his capacity as a local official, from postwar military governments; and other letters that briefly comment on political matters, including letters from Bartholomew Figures Moore (1801-1878) and William Theophilus Dortch (1824-1889). Also included are several 1893 endorsements collected by J.P. Arrington in his quest for an appointment as deputy collector for the Internal Revenue. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: June 20, 1862. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.